One of McKinley High’s newest faces is going to cause quite a commotion during Glee’s Season 4 premiere. Newbie Jake Puckerman — yes, that would be Puck‘s (Mark Salling) younger bro — is going to throw quite the tantrum.
Jacob Artist spoke exclusively with Wetpaint Entertainment at the FOX Fall Eco-Casino Party on September 7, and he let us in on some of the drama that’s in store for his Glee‘s newest bad boy.
So how is it joining a hit show like Glee?
Oh my God. It's completely surreal. It's been so much fun, amazing, for sure.
And then you throw a tantrum in the first episode…
Right. Exactly. I'm like, “Hi,” and then I'm angry and throwing things, yeah.
So what should we know about Jake?
I think that there's a lot of layers to him. I think you might kind of perceive him one way when you first meet him, but it's going to be really cool to explore his whole history as the season goes on.
Do you know why you’re so angry?
I think it has a lot to do with his family life. I think you kind of get to see that he had a rocky kind of growing up. I don't know too far in advance. It's kind of up to the writers, but I know that definitely there's some history there.
Will we see he and his half-brother, Puck, perform together?
We’ll get to see. It would be really cool to see those two interact. I think that would be a lot of fun to kind of get the old Puckerman and the new Puckerman, just to see how they are.
Your version of The Fray’s “Never Say Never” for Jake’s New Directions audition was amazing. Did you have a say in what you were performing?
Actually, that song was the song that I sang for my Glee audition, and they ended up incorporating it into the first episode, which was really cool. Because they had a different song initially, and they didn't really know what they wanted to do. And Ryan and I kind of talked about it, and I threw that idea out there. And they ended up going for it. So it was pretty awesome.
What do you like about that song? Why was it your audition song?
You know, I love The Fray, the band. And I love just a good piano ballad with meaningful lyrics, and I think that song is just the epitome of that. So I love it.
How is being on Glee for you?
Unbelievable. I was a fan of the show prior to coming on. So getting to do those musical numbers, and the choir room and doing all that stuff has been totally surreal. It's been a dream come true.
Who has surprised you?
Jane Lynch (Sue) is even funnier than I thought she was if that's even possible. She is absolutely hilarious. I mean it's hard to keep a straight face sometimes, but she's phenomenal.
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